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Hey forum,

So I decided to install Windows 8 on my main rig to test Windows 8 versus Windows 7 with my FX-8150.

The first big hitch was the install process. I used the Windows 7 DVD/USB Tool to make a bootable USB 3 Flash drive and copied all my driver CD's onto the same drive as well. I proceeded to disconnect all my drives except my SSD I was installing to. For the first part of the install, you have to set your SATA port to IDE. Proceed with the Windows 8 installation, now after the "Expanding files" stage is complete, it will want to restart. You can remove the flash drive at this point (or DVD if you're old school). Now enter your BIOS and switch back to AHCI mode. If you do not switch to AHCI mode before the first boot, you won't be able to (they removed the registry setting that was there in windows 7), and with a newer SSD, you definitely want AHCI mode for full performance.

The good news that there is a performance increase. The bad news is that its within 2-3% which could be classified as "error".

To dampen my spirits even more, driver support isn't as nice as it should be. Unlike in Windows 7 where you can install any Vista driver no problem, a lot of installers don't work in Windows 8. One such example is my Rosewill RAID card, and Asus Xonar DG sound card.

Luckily I was able to open up Device Manager, right-click on the device, Update driver, and manually point it to the driver folder. So the driver install fine, but I don't have the Xonar Sound interface, still working on that.

The 11.9 Catalyst drivers work perferctly fine though, no issues with motherboard drivers, I actually didn't install any, LAN, sound, USB 3, they all work. The great thing was the Native USB 3.0 support. I didn't have to install my motherboard USB 3 drivers and still get full performance from all 3 USB controllers on my board (rear, 2x mobo header)

On another note though, you can disable the Metro UI and to save you all some googling:

Just simply browse through Regedit to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and set RPEnabled to 0 (The default is 1)

By disabling the Metro UI, the regular start menu returns, and you lose out on the new Task Manager.

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/get-windows-7-start-menu-explorer-and-task-manager-in-windows-8/

And seeing as this is a Gaming rig with nothing personal on it, I find disabling the logon screen also helps:

Simply open the run dialog, and enter: control userpasswords2
Uncheck "Users must enter a password"
Hit Ok
Enter your password
And that's it

http://forums.techarena.in/operating-systems/1169846.htm#post4385012

I also am happy to report that Windows 8 works almost flawlessy with Windows Home Server 2011. The back-up feature, dashboard and launchpad work as expected. The only thing that doesn't work is using Remote Desktop from your domain.homeserver.com address, it keeps telling you to log in which I'm assuming is a glitch caused by Windows 8 having the regular IE, along with the Metro (Tablet) IE.



On a side note, also installed Windows 8 on my HP 4510s (DDR2 4GB, ATI 4330, 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2.8 GHz T9600 C2D) and everything works, even the wireless switch and express card slot. I didn't have to install any drivers at all and it supports EFI booting.



Well hopefully this little collection of tips can help anyone else installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview, or the full version when it gets released.
Edited by axipher - 10/24/11 at 12:31pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3480 Asus Maximus III Gene AMD 7950 Mushkin Redline 2133 MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 120 GB OCZ Solid 3 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 Custom Loop 
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Spotswood Small Tech Station Tt e-Sports Saphira Monoprice XXL Yamaha R-S300 + JVC Bookshelfs 
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Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
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2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
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2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
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HAve you noticed any performace diffrence in w8 vs w7 in gaming,programs etc? How far along is w8, it this version what we should expect?
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I haven't done any extensive testing at all so I'm not quite sure. Seeing as this was only the Developer's preview, that's why I opted not to benchmark it.

At the end of February, the Consumer Preview will be released which will be much closer to the actual product so I will more then likely benchmark Windows 7 SP1 vs. Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Bulldozer FX-8150, and Xeon X3480 OCZ Solid 3.

I plan to test at stock settings for everything. The testing will not be a comparison of Xeon vs. Bulldozer, rather it will be a test of W7 vs. W8 on two different sets of hardware to see what benefits more, hyper-threading on the Xeon, or Module sharing on the Bulldozer.
CHILZ - Lan Rig
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CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3480 Asus Maximus III Gene AMD 7950 Mushkin Redline 2133 MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 120 GB OCZ Solid 3 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Spotswood Small Tech Station Tt e-Sports Saphira Monoprice XXL Yamaha R-S300 + JVC Bookshelfs 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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CANARY - Main Rig
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CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3480 Asus Maximus III Gene AMD 7950 Mushkin Redline 2133 MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 120 GB OCZ Solid 3 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Spotswood Small Tech Station Tt e-Sports Saphira Monoprice XXL Yamaha R-S300 + JVC Bookshelfs 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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Great!
If you havn't read it cheers.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1213342/return-of-the-return-of-amd-fx-my-ocd-amd-fx-8150-review-with-ocd-6990-daily-results

Im hoping that when my athlon x3 is done delivering (ye ye, I dont have to high demands, but it has to do what i want.) I can jump on an Buldozer as Im hoping that they would have been reduced in price quite the bit
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Thanks for the link, I'll look in to picking some of those benchmarks so I can compare results to that thread.
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Intel Xeon X3480 Asus Maximus III Gene AMD 7950 Mushkin Redline 2133 MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 120 GB OCZ Solid 3 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Spotswood Small Tech Station Tt e-Sports Saphira Monoprice XXL Yamaha R-S300 + JVC Bookshelfs 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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CHILZ - Lan Rig
(17 items)
 
CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon X3480 Asus Maximus III Gene AMD 7950 Mushkin Redline 2133 MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 120 GB OCZ Solid 3 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Spotswood Small Tech Station Tt e-Sports Saphira Monoprice XXL Yamaha R-S300 + JVC Bookshelfs 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
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